Visiting India: my 3-week trip in 39 photos

betty ming liu Travel 22 Comments

Well hello again, finally! At last, I’m posting about India… Even though I fantasized about blogging during my journey through the second largest country on the planet, I had trouble finding Internet access. Then once I was home, a wicked case of jet lag kicked my butt. I’m not 100% yet. But if I don’t blog now, it’ll become a …

6 things every new international traveler should know about before departure

betty ming liu Travel 11 Comments

Our India vacation is only my second trip abroad IN NEARLY 20 YEARS. A pathetic fact, I know. But it gets worse… My lack of experience with the real world has created stoopid, last-minute problems that have, thankfully, taught me a lot.   Problem #1: I needed to obtain a visa to enter India. Of course, I’ve always understood the …

Visiting India: monkeys & waterfalls at Hogenakkal

betty ming liu Travel 6 Comments

For a delightful — and somewhat disturbing — view of India’s relationship to nature, check out Hogenakkal Falls. This major tourist attraction is far more interesting than America’s Niagra Falls. It actually reminds me of an all-natural water amusement park filled with friendly monkeys, amazing boat rides, sweet little beaches and sadly, too much human litter. Hogenakkal (pronounced ho GEN …

How to make daikon noodles for good health

A Chinese herbal medicine diet that’s good for the health and skin conditions

betty ming liu Health 17 Comments

It’s taken me nearly two decades to come up with a regimen that keeps me feeling strong and energetic. To find my path, years of therapy unburdened my spirit. Holistic health options (see my post on rolfing) and yoga continue to do wonders. Then there’s my friend, Jeffrey Yuen, the Chinese medicine master. We met during a very bad stretch in …